Copper Valley Wireless and Verizon Wireless Sign Agreement to Bring 4G LTE Service to Rural Alaska
Copper Valley Telecom, a telecommunications carrier serving customers within a 15,000 square mile region of southcentral Alaska, announced today that the company has entered into an agreement with Verizon Wireless to participate in the LTE in Rural America program. Through this program, Verizon Wireless is working with telecommunications carriers across the nation to jumpstart the delivery of 4G LTE wireless data services to rural communities. 4G LTE (4th Generation Long Term Evolution) refers to technology that enables users to access the Internet, apps, and other web-based tools at high speeds.
“We are enthusiastic to start work on our 4G LTE deployment,” Dave Dengel, CVT’s CEO, stated. “Many of our customers and visitors use smart phones and data cards to stream movies, listen to music, play games, even run businesses. 4G LTE service will provide greater capacity and speeds for these types of applications.”
Under the agreement, Verizon Wireless will lease to CVW 700 Mhz upper C block wireless spectrum and allow interconnection with Verizon’s 4G LTE network for routing traffic to the Internet. “Initially, we will upgrade towers in Valdez, Cordova, Tatitlek, and Prince William Sound to 4G LTE,” Dengel said. “These towers will be operational by the fall of 2013.”
Molly Feldman, vice-president for business development for Verizon Wireless said, “Verizon Wireless is in the process today of deploying a state of the art 4G-LTE wireless network in Alaska. We are pleased to have Copper Valley join us in our mission of expanding communication opportunities throughout the state.”
Verizon’s 4G LTE network is the largest in the U.S. and is available to more than 200 million people.